International Trade: Nationwide
THE FIRM This practice is renowned for its outstanding range of expertise. Sanctions work has been a particularly significant area for Covington, as it has for firms across the board, as clients have responded to the various boycotts issued by the US Commerce Department during 2011-2012. In this field, the firm advised foreign and domestic clients in the energy and financial sectors on the business impact of the changing environment. Export controls compliance has been another important part of the firm's caseload, and it advised a number of aerospace clients including United Technologies Corporation on applicable regulations. The team's experts are also experienced in handling trade remedies and trade policy matters, and advising clients on potential FCPA violations.
Client Service "The team is client-focused, collaborative, and really exceptional in its responsiveness." "They are determined to make sure they've done their jobs to the client's utmost satisfaction - very well-informed and capable."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stuart Eizenstat is "definitely a partner extraordinaire," with extensive experience that includes a series of senior positions within the government.
On the CFIUS side of the practice, one client described David Fagan as "one of the most all-round talented people I've ever worked with at any firm. He combines technical skills with a strategic sense, and really drives the process - he's just great."
Peers and clients have a very high regard for Peter Flanagan, who has advised a number of major names on their export controls and sanctions compliance programs. One client revealed that he is "a very quick study, with excellent judgment and a real sense of partnership. He's very client-focused and responsive - I'm a real Peter fan."
Also in CFIUS work, Mark Plotkin is "really a subject matter expert, who knows the system and the people, and is definitely one of the go-to guys on CFIUS issues."
Peter Lichtenbaum receives outstanding feedback from a range of sources, who describe him as a "very strong practitioner and a wonderful guy, with great government and private practice credentials." Clients value his "deep knowledge and experience in the intricacies of the ITAR and the Commerce Department export control regulations. He is a very disciplined thinker, and a real resource in an arcane area." He is also praised for his "outstanding support, and very quick turnaround times."
Clients give enthusiastic feedback for Donald Ridings, who is "absolutely phenomenal - he really gets what we do and why, and understands which are the areas of risk for us." Highlights include leading an investigation into allegations of corruption in a global manufacturer's Indian businesses.
Clients are also extremely enthusiastic in their praise of John Veroneau, who does a "fabulous job - he can go from the highest strategic level to the most detailed executional level while keeping the whole coherent." He advises various high-profile clients including Bombardier.
Senior Counsel Peter Trooboff can draw on a background in the international trade arena that stretches back some 40 years.
THE FIRM Hogan Lovells's international perspective is highly valued by clients with global concerns, and allows the team to supplement its superb US regulatory advice with knowledge of local markets. Big-ticket trade remedy cases play a significant role in the firm's workload, and highlights include representing the government of China in the major US antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations into Chinese solar technology. In another standout matter, the firm obtained a favorable verdict for ThyssenKrupp in its 13-year stainless steel antidumping case, securing a revocation of duties for the company from the ITC. Export controls and sanctions have also been extremely active fields, with high-profile clients including the Libyan National Transitional Council. Customs, FCPA and CFIUS issues round out the firm's varied workload.
Client Service "The entire firm is very responsive, and always keeps me up to date with the latest developments." "The team has good commercial savvy, and is very client-focused." "Their answers exactly fit our questions - they try to understand not just the subject of our questions, but why we are asking them as well." "We value their breadth of knowledge and the accessibility of the senior partners."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeanne Archibald is highly praised by clients for her "excellent service on strategic and trade matters." Her wide-ranging workload includes advising defense industry clients on CFIUS transactional reviews.
Mark McConnell is a "very experienced and highly talented" attorney, who handles prestigious trade remedies work such as advising the government of Ontario on the long-running Canada-USA lumber dispute.
Beth Peters has handled a plethora of matters relating to the multilateral sanctions against Iran, Syria and Libya.
Highlights of Lewis Leibowitz's practice include acting for ThyssenKrupp in securing a revocation of antidumping duties, as mentioned above.
Ford is just one of the high-profile names on Deen Kaplan's client roster.
THE FIRM This practice offers internationally renowned strength in WTO work, advising prestigious clients such as the Japanese government on policy and disputes. It is also highly regarded for its expertise in trade remedies and trade policy matters, and acts as US coordinating counsel for the Chinese solar panel industry in the USA's AD and CVD investigations. Customs work is a further staple of its workload, and the firm has strong capabilities in contentious and counseling matters. Highlights include advising Nike on customs issues relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.
Sources say: "Sidley is probably the strongest firm you can find in WTO litigation." "Very well known for its high quality trade remedies work." "An excellent firm, definitely one of top firms in the field." "There is an extremely high level of talent here - they have got to be one of the very best."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Belanger is "highly respected in the customs community," and of late has handled cases on behalf of General Electric and Hartford Insurance.
Andrew Shoyer is widely praised for the impressive quality of his work in this arena, which clients describe as "superb - he has a huge depth of experience in WTO matters and broader issues. He's one of the most astute folks out there."
Lisa Crosby's workload includes advising the Fonterra Co-operative Group on changes to the Iran Sanctions Act.
THE FIRM This heavyweight practice covers a wide range of big-ticket trade work. The team offers the services of leading experts in export controls, trade remedies, FCPA and CFIUS issues. Significant trade remedies matters include representing LG Electronics in three cases brought against its fridge-freezer imports from Mexico and Korea. The group also achieved a notable victory for the government of China before the WTO's Appellate Body, securing a ruling that certain duties applied by the USA to Chinese products were not consistent with WTO regulations. On the FCPA side of the practice, the firm conducted an internal investigation into Tidewater's businesses in several countries, and represented the corporation in its subsequent interactions with the DOJ and SEC.
Commercial Awareness "The team is absolutely responsive, and has a very sophisticated understanding of our commercial needs." "Steptoe has one of the most impressive trade practices in the country, and I would rate them at the very top." "Steptoe provides the highest level of service, particularly in complex, high-profile cases."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lucinda Low is singled out as a highly experienced "thought leader" in the FCPA arena, who advises high-profile names on international investigations and transactional due diligence.
Clients are highly appreciative of Edward Krauland's "superb advice, which is very measured and prudent, and executable by business people rather than theoretical." He is praised for his "excellent understanding of US regulatory requirements," and in particular is said to have valuable expertise in the energy industry.
Mark Moran attracts an extremely impressive range of feedback, referred to by various sources as "very talented," a "first-class lawyer," and an "outstanding litigator with excellent legal judgment, and a very clear thinker." Standout cases include successfully representing the Canadian Wheat Board before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the culmination of nearly a decade of work by the firm.
Department chair Susan Esserman is a "wonderful lawyer," whose wide-ranging workload features representing a number of Asian clients in the USA, and advising US clients on trade remedies cases brought by governments in Asia.
Stewart Baker acted as the Department of Homeland Security's first Assistant Secretary for Policy, and clients assert that "because of his work in the government, he has instincts about how things work that you just can't replicate without years of high-level public service." He is described as a "consummate professional in terms of responsiveness, an extraordinarily hardworking guy, and very approachable."
George Grandison can draw on a background of over 30 years in trade matters.
Stephen Heifetz is a "creative problem solver, good at thinking outside the box," who is valued for his ability to "focus on the central issues" of CFIUS matters. He recently joined the firm after serving at the Department of Homeland Security.
Richard Cunningham works with major names such as Tata Steel, which recently sought his expertise in various WTO challenges to the US Department of Commerce's practice of 'zeroing'. He is praised for his "huge knowledge of US trade matters, and wider trade concerns."
THE FIRM The team at WilmerHale is called upon by a variety of international names seeking advice on complex trade concerns. On the contentious side of the practice, the group continues to represent Boeing in the widely publicized USA-EU WTO Dispute concerning Subsidies for Large Commercial Aircraft. The firm also assists several major clients in strengthening their trade compliance, helping Lufthansa Technik to implement a new export control compliance system, and conducting an ITAR compliance review on behalf of General Dynamics into the transactions of a newly-acquired subsidiary. Its high-caliber anticorruption experts represent clients from the aviation, financial services and energy industries in investigations, SEC industry 'sweeps' and due diligence. Standout cases include acting for Armor Holdings, now a subsidiary of BAE, in its settlement with the SEC and DOJ regarding payments made to obtain United Nations contracts.
Client Service "In my view, there is a distinct WilmerHale approach to providing legal services, a certain understatement and the ability and willingness to address a client's needs. Service is punctual and has a consistently excellent quality." "The lawyers excel in giving quick, useable and expert advice which is ideally tuned to our needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Comments from peers and clients single out Charlene Barshefsky as a leading figure in this field. She is valued for her ability to get "really deeply involved in the issues that she is working on, and provide very targeted advice on various trade matters while putting that into a broader strategy. Whatever advice she's providing, she increases the likelihood of success - she's brilliant."
Clients give an excellent write-up for the highly experienced Roger Witten, who "is really good at risk management - he gives us that sense of what is going on internationally, and he is aware of how the government is likely to react." His FCPA experience is sought out by a broad spectrum of clients in connection with disputes, internal investigations and general compliance advice.
Clients are enthusiastic in their praise of Ronald Meltzer, who "understands the requirements of the company, and keeps abreast of business development, which makes working together so much easier."
Robert Novick is a "very trusted" adviser, whose WTO workload includes representing the Information Technology Industry Council in a WTO dispute with the EU regarding tariffs on certain hi-tech products.
David Weller also receives superb feedback, and is highly valued for his "level-headedness, insight and detailed preparation." He "really listens to his clients, and is really a commercial partner, who looks out for the business more broadly.
Kimberly Parker is an "excellent lawyer" praised for both her contentious and her counseling expertise. She represented Helmerich & Payne in meeting the self-reporting obligations imposed by a 2009 settlement with the DOJ and SEC.
THE FIRM This firm offers deep expertise in trade remedies work, advising clients such as the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Norwegian Seafood Export Council on antidumping and countervailing duty issues. Customs matters also form an important component of the firm's workload, while export control highlights include representing AM General in its ITAR and EAR compliance.
Client Service "Their hallmarks are good quality work and responsiveness."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lars-Erik Hjelm leads the firm's customs practice. Before joining the firm he acted as District and Senior Counsel at the legacy U.S. Customs Service. Clients value his "pragmatic approach" and assert that "his expertise and knowledge give us a high level of confidence."
Edward Rubinoff is well known for his capabilities in both export controls and sanctions work.
Clients appreciate Warren Connelly's "direct and frank assessments" of their problems, and say his "results have been outstanding."
Valerie Slater has an excellent reputation among her peers, who describe her as a "great lawyer - just terrific." Clients laud her "impressive knowledge base, which is extremely helpful."
Hal Shapiro has a praiseworthy depth of expertise in trade policy issues.
THE FIRM This firm's workload reflects its broad spectrum of capabilities, featuring trade remedies, export controls, sanctions and customs matters. The team represents major international clients such as Coca-Cola and Sara Lee, offering advice on individual disputes and investigations, and helping to build or strengthen compliance programs. Trade remedies highlights include representing Chinese manufacturer Trina Solar in the widely publicized US antidumping investigation into Chinese solar products. The team also advises Schlumberger on its anti-boycott import and export compliance program, and represents National Oilwell Varco in a number of trade issues.
Commercial Awareness "They definitely understand our business environment - they worked very hard to develop a strong working knowledge of our business, and can offer legal advice taking that into consideration."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kay Georgi receives enthusiastic praise for her work in export controls and sanctions, and represents clients including the Dover Corporation and 3M. She offers a "phenomenal combination of substantive knowledge and very sophisticated business-oriented analysis."
Firm managing partner Matthew Clark is lauded for his ability to "answer most questions off the top of his head," and to "explain extremely complicated concepts to non-lawyers." His practice highlights include advising USS-Posco on the Japanese antidumping proceedings regarding tin mill steel products.
Matthew Nolan represents the government of Mexico in connection with a number of trade issues.
Work for steel clients has played a significant role in John Gurley's workload. He acted for various ArcelorMittal subsidiaries with regards to trade remedies, and advised several leading Russian steel companies on trade concerns.
THE FIRM Commended by peers and clients for the high quality of its work, this team counsels a wide range of clients on US trade remedies cases, export controls investigations and FCPA compliance. Its advice is sought by a number of respondents in AD cases, such as German brass producer Wieland-Werke and Turkish steel company Ekinciler. Standout anticorruption matters include the firm's representation of Avon, while in export control work it successfully negotiated a consent agreement resolving the outstanding ITAR civil claim against BAE Systems. Its prolific CFIUS practice handles a variety of matters for European defense companies, and advised Norwegian contractor Kongsberg Gruppen on its acquisition of the assets of Tactronics and Tactronics International.
Sources say: "They do really high-level work - strong export control and trade remedies people." "They are great on compliance issues."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe John Barker as "an exceedingly valuable lawyer - he is one of the preeminent practitioners in export controls." Thanks to his experience at the firm and the US Department of State, he "can give sage, excellent advice on the likely path if we have to involve one of the regulatory bodies."
Practice head Lawrence Schneider represents the government of Israel in a range of trade matters, and advises the Province of Alberta on issues resulting from the USA-Canada wheat and lumber cases.
Michael Shor's wide-ranging trade remedies caseload includes acting for Ekinciler and Wieland-Werke in relation to previous US antidumping rulings.
Claudius Sokenu handles a variety of high-stakes FCPA work, including the above-mentioned Avon matter.
THE FIRM This group has a broad practice, and has seen a sharp uptick in sanctions work as a result of 2011 political developments. It was called upon by clients such as Facebook, Comcast and AECOM Technology for advice on maintaining compliance in a fluctuating environment. One particularly complex matter was the assistance provided to the General National Maritime Transport Company, an organization under the control of the Libyan government, in obtaining an OFAC General License unblocking the company's funds. On the trade remedies side of the practice, the firm continued to strengthen its relationship with the Japanese steel industry, and secured favorable verdicts from the ITC in both the hot-rolled steel sunset review and the cut-to-length carbon steel plate sunset review. Highlights for the renowned FCPA practice included representing the Allied Defense Group in an investigation by the SEC and DOJ, and being engaged as a Compliance Monitor for Alliance One International.
Sources say: "The firm continues to do an excellent job." "A very strong FCPA team, highly skilled in that area." "One of the top FCPA shops in town."
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "very highly regarded" Joseph Warin is singled out by several peers as one of the best FCPA practitioners in the country. He continues to advise the compliance monitor to Siemens, former German Minister of Finance Dr Theo Waigel.
Judith Lee has an impressive breadth of expertise in the trade arena, handling sanctions, export controls, CFIUS and FCPA work. She receives excellent feedback from clients, who describe her as "a truly hands-on partner," who is "very knowledgeable, and very practical in her approach - she has been instrumental in helping us on the regulatory front."
Donald Harrison is a well known customs expert, whose extensive experience in this field is held in high esteem. Coors Brewing and Honda Performance Development are counted among his clients.
THE FIRM This group offers an impressive depth of experience in advising petitioners on trade remedy cases, and acts for a swath of US exporters in foreign trade remedies proceedings. Its profile in the WTO field was strengthened further by the opening of its Geneva office in 2010. Work in the WTO arena included representing AK Steel in the USA's WTO challenge to the verdict in China's anti-subsidy case in 2010. In domestic trade remedy highlights, the team secured victory for the Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee in AD and CVD cases against Chinese imports, which involved a US market worth of approximately $5 billion.
Sources say: "A dominant force in petitioners' counsel work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients single out Joseph Dorn as "one of the best attorneys around - he has an impeccable reputation for trade issues."
Gilbert Kaplan's WTO caseload includes advising Bridgestone and the John Maneely Company on US antidumping and countervailing duties proceedings against certain Chinese products, before both the WTO panel and the appellate body.
In foreign trade remedy cases, Stephen Orava successfully secured the revocation of Mexican antidumping duties imposed on stearic acid imported by Vantage Oleochemicals.
THE FIRM This trade team has valuable experience in representing domestic interests in trade remedies investigations, with a particularly deep familiarity with the US steel industry. Highlights within this sector includes securing a favorable ruling from the ITC for a domestic producer involved in AD and CVD litigation regarding imports of drill pipe from China. In sanctions work, the firm assisted a major financial institution in conducting an internal compliance investigation. The team also has a renowned CFIUS practice, and represented Nokia Siemens Networks (Finland) in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Motorola's networks division, as well as advising Merck on its $7.2 billion purchase of the Millipore Corporation.
Sources say: "An extremely respected firm." "A top tier CFIUS practice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS CFIUS expert Ivan Schlager has extensive experience in representing both targets and acquirers. Sources describe him as "well regarded inside and outside the government."
Seasoned trade litigator James Hecht appears before the ITC in a variety of AD and CVD cases, and advises clients on trade policy issues.
Robert Lighthizer chairs the firm's trade practice, and has a workload that encompasses a range of disputes and counseling matters.
THE FIRM Clients from all over the world engage this team's services, seeking its advice on trade remedies investigations, export controls and sanctions. The firm's Geneva presence enhances its WTO capabilities, which cover disputes and policy advice, as well as representation in WTO negotiations. Highlights include advising the US Pork Industry on possible WTO challenges that could be made to US Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling policy. Appearances before the Department of Commerce and ITC include acting for Mabe in an AD case against bottom mount fridge-freezers from Mexico. The firm also defended Zhejiang Jingu in AD and CVD proceedings regarding certain steel wheels from China.
Client Service "The lawyers are always available to discuss matters which need urgent analysis, and respond to our questions on time."
Commercial Awareness "The team understands the company's commercial needs perfectly."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources have a "very high opinion" of Gregory Spak, who offers the "full trade tool kit of strategy and details," and "has a winning way about him that serves his clients well." He is also "very good at looking ahead and telescoping cases, to see what might be needed."
Walter Spak has a "fantastic reputation" for his trade remedies work, and represents clients from across Europe and Asia on US-related trade concerns.
William Clinton has valuable WTO expertise, which of late has attracted leading clients such as the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Saudi Aramco.
THE FIRM This practice offers an impressive depth of expertise in trade remedies and policy matters, particularly when it comes to acting for local companies and organizations as petitioners. Highlights include successfully representing Nucor Corporation in a sunset review which resulted in the extension of the suspension agreement covering hot-rolled flat-rolled steel from Russia. The firm also advises the Association of American School Paper Suppliers on the ITC's sunset review of AD and CVD orders on certain lined paper from India, China and Indonesia. Other domestic clients engage the firm's services with regards to investigations into steel nails, hand tools and solar cells.
Sources say: "They are firing on all cylinders, and doing a lot of impressive, high-quality work." "The team operated as a well-tuned engine, and brought us great results. The lawyers are very responsive, always available and with the right answer or solution at hand."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients describe Alan Price as "an excellent professional, very knowledgeable, and with vast experience in the field." He is also lauded by peers, who point to his leadership of the practice.
Timothy Brightbill successfully represented Ames True Temper in defending antidumping orders imposed on heavy forged hand tools from China.
Peers "think enormously highly" of Charles Owen Verrill, who has a sterling reputation for his extensive experience across the board in trade remedies and policy work.
THE FIRM This team maintains an impressive export controls and sanctions practice, advising international clients in the aerospace, automotive and banking industries on compliance with US regulations. Customs matters form another pillar of the firm's workload, and feature a number of disputes with various international regulators. Highlights include representing Pacific Coast Feather in litigation with the Canadian Border Services Agency regarding NAFTA origin claims, and FMC Corporation on Harmonized System classification disputes in China, Thailand and the EU. Caterpillar, Ocean Spray and Alcoa are among the clients calling on the firm's customs counseling services.
Client Service "They are extremely responsive, and understand about building long-term relationships."
Commercial Awareness "They are excellent in their understanding of business and the practical issues that we're facing. We're really impressed with them."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients have high praise for Jeffrey Snyder, who is a "pleasure to work with, very responsive, and has given us everything that we could want." He advises a plethora of international clients on the impact of US sanctions on their businesses.
Customs specialist John Brew has a "very good reputation in this field," and is praised by clients for "his bandwidth of knowledge and expertise."
THE FIRM This team relocated to Curtis Mallet-Prevost from Winston & Strawn at the beginning of January 2012, bringing with it highly valuable experience in acting as counsel for respondents in US trade remedies cases. Examples of the team's work at its previous firm include the AD and CVD case regarding off-road tires from China, in which the firm represented GPX International and its affiliate. The team secured a favorable ruling for its clients from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in this case, which also has deeply significant implications for countervailing duties imposed on any Chinese importer.
KEY INDIVIDUALS William Barringer has renowned expertise in representing Asian clients, and has acted for the Chinese government in a variety of WTO disputes and US trade remedies cases.
A number of major Brazilian names have engaged Christopher Dunn in trade issues, including the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
James Durling's impressive client roster has featured big-ticket names such as Yamaha, Motorola and the Korea International Trade Association.
Daniel Porter's standout matters include representing Asia Pulp and Paper in a variety of appeals to the Court of International Trade on AD and CVD cases brought against imports from China and Indonesia.
THE FIRM The arrival of John Reynolds has boosted this firm's already impressive capabilities in export controls and sanctions work. The group also has a heavyweight FCPA practice which attracts a highly prestigious client base, including international names such as Morgan Stanley and Siemens. In one standout matter, the team represented BHP Billiton in an FCPA investigation, conducting an internal investigation and handling negotiations with the SEC, DOJ and overseas authorities. Its workload also includes advice to global clients in connection with the SEC and DOJ joint investigations into the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Scott Muller is a "talented lawyer" praised for his litigation capabilities, whose extensive and varied workload includes representing clients in a number of FCPA investigations, and aiding in the development of compliance programs.
Export controls and sanctions expert John Reynolds joined the firm in January 2012, bringing with him a reputation as “a premier lawyer in this arena.”
THE FIRM 2011 was a year of significant growth for this practice, which gained three practitioners through lateral hires. One standout matter handled by the team was the representation of the Canadian government in its LCIA arbitration with the USA under the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement. This adds to the firm's impressive trade remedies workload, which also included the team's successful defense of Thai Plastic Bags Industries, which won a revocation of the antidumping order against the company. Clients seeking the team's expertise in export controls, sanctions and customs issues include Dell, Cree and Koch Chemical Technology.
Sources say: "I have been very impressed by the caliber of the practitioners." "They really understand the complexities of export controls, and can answer very complicated technical questions."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice chair Amanda DeBusk is highly esteemed by clients, who value her "good sense of judgment, and her deep and broad knowledge of this field." She is described as "incredibly pragmatic," and is prized for her commerciality: she is "very adept at speaking executives' language."
Clients are also enthusiastic in their praise of Joanne Osendarp, who has "outstanding WTO experience," and "an encyclopedic understanding of trade law." She is furthermore "an incredibly effective written advocate, able to explain concepts in very succinct terms."
Kenneth Pierce is "certainly an amazing lawyer," who handles trade remedies disputes for a number of big-ticket clients. Of late, his workload has included a wide range of matters for ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe.
THE FIRM This group offers deep expertise in CFIUS matters, and assists a variety of international companies in achieving clearance for their transactions. High-value matters include representing Safran in its $1.09 billion acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions, and acting for Meggitt USA in its $685 million purchase of the Danaher Corporation's Pacific Scientific Aerospace business.
Sources say: "The team is very responsive, practical, and has an excellent understanding of our commercial needs."
KEY INDIVIDUALS CFIUS expert Christopher Griner is "the guru in this area of law," and is particularly renowned for his knowledge of special security agreements.
Farhad Jalinous is praised for his mastery of "not just of the law, but also the procedures" in the CFIUS arena. Clients are impressed as "we give him strange and difficult problems, and he has never failed us."
THE FIRM This team maintains a strong practice as counsel for petitioners in trade remedies cases, representing trade associations and public companies in various ITC proceedings. Highlights include successfully acting for the US Transformer Fair Trade Coalition in an AD case against large power transformers from Korea, securing a unanimous verdict that these imports were materially harming domestic industry. The team also handled several successful sunset reviews, acting on behalf of a number of steel clients such as ArcelorMittal USA and Allegheny Ludlum. In export controls and sanctions work, the firm helped Flowserve reach a settlement with OFAC and the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) after leading an audit into export controls and sanctions compliance across more than 100 facilities.
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Hartquist offers an impressive depth of experience in trade remedies work, particularly with regards to the steel, copper and brass industries. He is a "total professional who is well respected by his clients, and has a very good standing in the DC political community."
Paul Rosenthal receives excellent feedback from clients, who report that he is "an outstanding individual who is very well versed in the law, and who does a fantastic job." His workload of late has featured advice to clients in the plastics sector.
Practice head Kathleen Cannon is able to draw on a background in the trade arena stretching back more than 25 years.
THE FIRM A variety of trade remedies cases appear among this team's highlights, including proceedings before the ITC, foreign regulatory bodies, and the WTO panel. One example was the ITC AD and CVD case against heat sink products, in which the firm successfully argued for the complete exclusion of Aavid Thermalloy from duty orders. The firm also acted for OFS in a Chinese antidumping investigation of optical fiber, securing the best result assigned to any exporter. Broader matters include advising Time Warner on a variety of trade concerns, such as FCPA compliance and bilateral agreements.
KEY INDIVIDUAL Export controls and sanctions expert Simeon Kriesberg advises some of the firm's most prestigious international clients on a broad spectrum of issues.
The highly experienced Michael Kantor served as both US Secretary of Commerce and Trade Representative prior to joining Mayer Brown.
THE FIRM This team's wide-ranging workload includes a number of trade remedies issues relating to WTO regulations and free trade agreements (FTAs.) For example, the firm advised Chiquita Brands throughout the course of the long-running 'Banana Wars', and now represents the company in the resulting WTO settlements. Chiquita is also among the agribusiness clients whose interests the firm is supporting in the implementation of the Korea, Colombia and Panama FTAs. The firm's import and export compliance practice has an impressive client base featuring CVS Pharmacy, Celanese and Renesas Electronics America.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers praise David Levine for his expertise in export controls and sanctions work. He advises leading names such as Owens Corning, most recently on the various trade controls that affect its global business.
THE FIRM This practice has impressive offerings in export controls, sanctions and FCPA work, and provides compliance advice to a variety of international names and Fortune 500 companies. Standout matters include conducting internal investigations into potential violations of US sanctions or the FCPA, and performing pre-transactional due diligence to identify any anticorruption, EAR or ITAR liabilities. The firm also assisted a number of major organizations in submitting voluntary disclosures to the DOJ, SEC and OFAC.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Homer Moyer has over 40 years of legal experience, and is "really one of the true recognised experts in FCPA." Singled out as a "dean of that area," he is "well respected by government authorities" and clients value his "certain kind of gravitas, which is really important in dealing with business people."
Clients appreciate the benefits of Larry Christensen's "very strong government background," and describe him as a "nationally recognised substantive expert" in the export controls arena. Highlights of his practice include assisting the US subsidiary of a foreign defense contractor in all aspects of ITAR compliance.
Kathryn Atkinson has "a very good reputation among clients," and is an "excellent lawyer for compliance advice." She has been appointed as a company's Independent Compliance Monitor, following resolutions with the DOJ and SEC.
William Clements is a solo practitioner who acts as of counsel to the firm, and whose experience encompasses various export controls and sanctions matters.
THE FIRM This multifaceted practice handles matters pertaining to export controls, sanctions, FCPA issues and trade policy. Its client base includes major names from the financial services, mining and healthcare industries, as well as the Technology CEO Council. In one standout matter, the firm secured several licenses for a major energy company with respect to the Libyan and Syrian sanctions, as well as providing ongoing advice concerning Iran and Cuba. The team also assisted a European client in several CFIUS matters, including investigations into two acquisitions of US companies.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ted Kassinger has valuable experience in CFIUS matters, which of late has been brought to bear in the above-mentioned investigation into acquisitions of US companies by a European corporate.
Greta Lichtenbaum is highly esteemed for her wide-ranging expertise, and has handled a number of sanctions issues resulting from political activity in early 2011.
Peers refer to Richard Grime as a "terrific lawyer" for both compliance and enforcement work.
Greyson Bryan divides his time between the firm's Los Angeles and Washington, DC offices, advising some of its high-profile clients on trade concerns.
THE FIRM This firm handles an impressive volume of export controls and sanctions matters, as well as advising on a number of WTO issues. Highlights of the trade remedies and trade policy practice include acting as US counsel to Mexico's Secretary of Commerce in WTO and FTA proceedings, while Rolls-Royce, Saab and Cypress Semiconductor all engage the firm's export controls expertise. The team also acts as regular outside counsel to American Express and the Bank of New York with regards to US sanctions and OFAC compliance.
Client Service "They are extremely responsive, and so knowledgeable that they can provide advice without the research that others might have to do."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Christopher Wall is "eminent in his field," and attracts glowing feedback from clients, who describe him as "very sophisticated in the way he thinks and writes," and "a very good tactician." He is also "really outstanding in finding the way to communicate with the regulators."
Stephan Becker, whose clients include Mexico's Secretary of Commerce, is valued for his "very responsive, flexible and pragmatic" approach to work.
The "absolutely first-rate" Nancy Fischer also receives excellent feedback from clients, who assert that "her command of the subject matter helps put one at ease." They also value her "exceptional reputation, which helps credibility when advocating."
THE FIRM This firm is renowned for its trade remedies and trade policy expertise, and represents a wide array of petitioners in AD and CVD proceedings. Its experience in this field covers a swath of industries including the chemicals, metals and consumer goods sectors. Customs work is another important staple for the practice, which provides advice on classification issues, rule of origin matters and customs audits.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers commend Terence Stewart for the high quality of his work and his knowledge of government relations.
THE FIRM This firm's broad spectrum of expertise spans trade remedies cases, policy advice, and various import and export issues. It also offers experience in CFIUS compliance, and represented satellite launch company Sea Launch in its $2.7 billion acquisition by Russian company SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia. High-level policy matters includes the firm's work for the Russian government, which incorporated counseling on US policy and policy-making, and advice on Russia's WTO accession. The firm's impressive customs practice represented ten major importers in CBP audits, and defended nine in customs enforcement cases. It also assisted several companies in making prior disclosures to the authorities.
Sources say: "The most impressive aspect of this team is its very broad, deep knowledge of customs and trade matters." "They know the US laws and regulations inside out."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Kenneth Weigel attracts a deluge of recommendations for his skills in trade work. Peers point to his "highly sophisticated practice," while clients prize his "wealth of knowledge and experience in international trade and customs issues," describing him as "a walking encyclopedia."
Thomas Crocker represents various clients in OFAC-related concerns, and is regarded as "one of the best practitioners in economic sanctions work."
The highly experienced Jon Fee is "widely respected in US trade circles," and offers a "quick turnaround and an excellent knowledge base."
THE FIRM This practice advises several globe-spanning clients on their trade concerns, and is commended for its ability to provide coordinated advice from a variety of jurisdictions. Its diverse workload includes trade remedies proceedings, FCPA investigations, and import and export work. In one highlight, the team secured for its client the most favorable margin offered in a US AD case involving imports of copper tube from China and Mexico. In other high-profile matters, the team advised Symantec and Applied Materials on trade compliance issues.
Sources say: "The team there is highly expert on the legal issues, and can provide a practical spin on them. They also have the ability to translate between industries, and understand how an issue would play out in one industry as opposed to another."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Customs expert Stuart Seidel has outstanding regulatory experience, having worked at the US Customs Service (now CBP) for 32 years prior to joining the firm in 2001. Highlights of his workload include assisting McCormick & Company with Canadian import issues.
THE FIRM This six-partner team has an extremely high-caliber practice in trade remedies and trade policy, advising various trade associations and international companies. In standout litigation matters, the firm represented Whirlpool as petitioner in AD and CVD proceedings against exports from South Korea and Mexico. The group also advises the US Sugar Industry on trade strategy, and provides ongoing representation to the Hain Celestial Group in customs compliance issues.
Sources say: "A terrific boutique - they have done consistently high-quality trade remedy work, and I have nothing but admiration for them on the trade policy side too."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients value John Greenwald for his formidable performance in litigation, asserting that it is "quite impressive to see him in action." He was especially recognized for his experience in WTO matters at the end of 2011, when he was nominated for a potential seat on the WTO Appellate Body.
Jack Levy is commended for his "intellectual horsepower and his passion for the prosecution of our case." His highlights include representing a coalition of copper tube manufacturers as petitioners in an AD investigation of copper tube from China and Mexico.
THE FIRM Sanctions, export controls and trade remedies cases are all substantially represented in this team's workload, and it counts several big-ticket names among its client base. The group advises Coca-Cola, Archer Daniels Midland and Nissan North America on BIS and OFAC regulations, and represents AMG Vanadium in an anticircumvention inquiry regarding imports of vanadium pentoxide from Russia.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richard Newcomb is a highly regarded "subject matter expert" in sanctions work. He spent 17 years serving as Director of OFAC, and clients assert that they derive a "great deal of value" from his detailed knowledge of the regulations governing this field.
THE FIRM This firm represents a number of clients in trade remedies proceedings, as well as providing advice on export controls, customs, trade policy and anticorruption compliance. In particularly high-value matters, the firm successfully represented General Motors in AD and CVD investigations by the Chinese government, so that proceedings concluded with no sanctions imposed on the manufacturer. Other major names on its client roster include sovereign states, retailers, and aviation and pharmaceutical giants.
KEY INDIVIDUALS James Bacchus offers clients considerable expertise in WTO matters, having held the prestigious post of WTO Appellate Body Chairman for eight years until rejoining the firm in 2003.
Philippe Bruno represents clients in a variety of trade remedies cases, including cases heard before the ITC, the WTO and foreign regulators.
THE FIRM This firm offers a broad range of trade capabilities, with particularly impressive expertise in the export controls and sanctions arena. High-stakes work in this field included representing a global energy company in a number of investigations by US authorities, such as a criminal investigation conducted by the DOJ, National Security Division and the US Attorney's Office. The team also advises a number of aerospace companies on compliance reviews, investigations, customs regulatory audits, and voluntary disclosures under export controls and sanctions laws. CFIUS and FCPA matters further round out the group's workload, and involve clients from the oil and gas, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors.
Sources say: "The team has been a strong source of support for us." "Very good in export controls work."
KEY INDIVIDUALS William McGlone is "highly respected in the export controls arena," and his clients in this field include Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Technology Investment as well as a number of major US aerospace companies.
THE FIRM This firm advises an array of clients on OFAC, ITAR and EAR regulations, including several major government contractors. A number of these are defense companies, which engage the team's services in connection with internal investigations, voluntary disclosure and general compliance counseling. Other standout matters for the group include assisting a client in the development of its Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism compliance program.
Client Service "They are responsive, and they keep me well informed, almost as if I were on the team with them. They meet deadlines and follow up, even when I forget to."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Former Dewey & LeBoeuf partner Alan Wolff recently joined the firm in a senior counsel capacity. He advises clients on issues concerning market access issues and bilateral investment treaties.
THE FIRM This firm took on a team of international trade specialists including four partners from Troutman Sanders in January 2012. The practice has impressive experience in handling trade remedies matters for high-profile Asian clients, such as the Korean government and MOFCOM.
KEY INDIVIDUALS At his former firm, the "highly respected" Donald Cameron represented Union Steel in an appeal against the Commerce Department's practice of zeroing 'negative' duties. The Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit failed to support the decision of the Court of International Trade, and found the Department's practice not to be reasonable. If the Department is unable to zero, Union Steel will receive several million dollars in refunded duties.
Julie Mendoza's prestigious workload has included a number of matters for MOFCOM, which engaged her services in various pending CVD proceedings.
THE FIRM This group offers impressive expertise in export controls and sanctions work, and has a client base featuring global names in the media, the automotive industry, and the defense and aerospace sectors. High-stakes export controls work include handling an investigation into potential unauthorized exports of encryption software on behalf of a software company. The matter was closed without the imposition of a monetary penalty by the Department of Commerce. The team also advised a number of non-US multinationals on the various developments in US sanctions throughout 2011.
Commercial Awareness "The overall level of service of the group is very high. Their advice includes both legal requirements and practical business considerations, and their depth permits them to assign tasks to attorneys of appropriate experience levels in a cost-effective manner."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients are effusive in their praise for Kathleen Little, who "knows the law very well, knows the intricacies of the unspoken 'rules' of the U.S. Department of State, and has a high level of business savvy." She is also "very clear and articulate in rendering her advice." She was twice engaged by law firms as an expert witness in civil cases involving ITAR issues.
David Johnson's wide-ranging workload included advising DIRECTV on the export controls implications of acquiring another satellite for its fleet.
THE FIRM This practice experienced a number of losses in 2011, with the retirement of Stuart Rosen and the departure of Joanne Osendarp. However, the firm continues to offer highly experienced advice on trade remedies matters, as well as export controls and sanctions work. Highlights include successfully representing the Canadian government in LCIA proceedings with the USA, in matters arising from the Softwood Lumber Agreement.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Charles Roh is a highly regarded expert with wide-ranging capabilities in the trade arena. His impressive background includes five years spent serving as the Assistant United States Trade Representative for North America, where he was also Deputy Chief Negotiator of NAFTA for the USA.
of Paul Hastings LLP attracts widespread praise for his expertise in FCPA counseling, and counts The Walt Disney Company among his clients in this arena.
Clients single out Martin Weinstein
of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a "very well recognized lawyer in Washington DC, who provides us with very good service,"
and who has valuable strategic skills. His major mandates include advising Alcatel Lucent on a long-standing FCPA investigation, and assisting Pride International with anticorruption due diligence in a $7.3 billion merger.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's Danforth Newcomb
is a highly respected figure in the FCPA field, with more than 30 years of experience to offer.
of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP has extensive experience in export controls and sanctions work, and in particular is commended for his expertise in software and technology matters.
of Law Offices of Gary N. Horlick receives excellent feedback from sources across the board. Peers describe him as "terribly bright and talented,"
while clients value his "highly comprehensive viewpoint on what's going on in the trade world."
He acts for several big-ticket US clients in foreign trade remedies proceedings, as well as advising on developments in related policy.
Barnes, Richardson & Colburn's Matthew McGrath
is a prominent figure in the customs field, referred to as "an excellent lawyer who is very frequently ahead of the curve in identifying hot issues."
His advice is said to be "very practical, which is always great from an in-house perspective."
of boutique firm Pisani & Roll LLP is a "very bright lawyer,"
whose extensive background in the customs world includes years spent at the headquarters of the US Customs Service.
is based in the Miami office of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, and has a "very strong reputation"
for his depth of customs expertise. He advises clients on a broad range of issues, including tariff classification, product labeling and IP protection.
Peers and clients hold Holland & Hart LLP's Trip Mackintosh
in high esteem, and sources are "impressed both with his experience, and how he conducts himself as a legal professional."
Clients are highly impressed by the services they receive from Josephine Aiello LeBeau
of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She is not only "very knowledgeable across the range of issues we would face,"
but is also "very good at coming up with business-useful advice,"
and is further valued for her responsiveness.
John Scott Maberry
of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has an excellent reputation for his export controls and sanctions expertise, and his client base includes various international names from the chemical, energy and defense industries.
Peers and clients have a huge regard for the "smart, very talented" Mark Mendelsohn
of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Prior to joining the firm he was deputy chief of the Fraud Section at the DOJ's Criminal Division, and clients assert that "his experience is incredibly important to us - his knowledge as a former regulator and prosecutor is exceptionally helpful."
The widely praised Peter Klestadt
of Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP is "definitely a first-rate practitioner,"
and has valuable experience in high-level customs cases.
Los Angeles-based Susan Kohn Ross
of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP handles advisory and contentious customs matters for several names from the clothing, electronics and food industries.
The "very well respected" John Peterson
of Neville Peterson LLP "has been a leading customs lawyer for many years,"
and has a particularly strong reputation for his litigation prowess.
Peers and clients are highly enthusiastic in their praise of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Laurence Urgenson
, who offers "incredible substantive knowledge"
of the FCPA arena. He has "great judgment,"
and is "so even-keeled and affable. He makes things understandable for everyone."
has a firmly established practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and is "really one of the top lawyers for customs and customs-related work."
Highly significant matters of late have included advising several clients on penalties proceedings.
of Schagrin Associates is a "very knowledgeable"
practitioner who offers extensive experience in petitioner work within the steel industry.
of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP represents a range of big-ticket acquirers and purchasers in CFIUS reviews, and advised BHP Billiton on its $40 billion cash offer for the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.
Clients describe Venable LLP's Lindsay Meyer
as "amazing - she's responsive, dependable, and thorough to the core."
She also wins clients' appreciation for her familiarity with regulatory procedures: "We were impressed by the fact that she could predict the questions they would be asking."
At Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, clients value Kathleen Murphy
's "highly sophisticated"
customs practice, including her "really strong grasp"
of the nuances of valuation work. She advises a variety of big-ticket clients on their customs concerns, including sanofi-aventis and the American Association of Exporters and Importers.
of GrayRobinson, PA also receives high praise from his clients, who say he is "extremely knowledgeable, and has a high success rate in assisting us to favorable solutions."
He represents a broad range of companies including Ryder, El Dorado Furniture and Steiner Management Services.
Peers refer to Shearman & Sterling LLP's Philip Urofsky
as a "talented, very strong"
lawyer who is "extremely knowledgeable about the FCPA."
of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a "really top-notch"
attorney, whose highly regarded white collar practice encompasses valuable experience in FCPA investigations.
is chair of Baker Hostetler's international trade practice, and has considerable experience in guiding big-ticket clients through trade remedies disputes.
recently joined Baker Hostetler from Dewey & LeBoeuf. He is a customs expert with an excellent reputation, whose workload includes advising clients on their compliance programs and prior disclosures to US Customs and Border Protection.
of the Law Offices of Amelia Porges is a "very bright"
lawyer with an international trade background stretching back over 30 years. Her areas of expertise include trade policy advice and representation in WTO matters.
of Thompson Hine LLP is singled out for his highly impressive experience in WTO disputes, and is engaged by a variety of foreign governments. Peers describe him as an "impressive, very bright"
The "well respected" John Magnus
is president of consultancy firm Tradewins LLC, and provides clients with legal advice on trade remedies cases as well as broader government relations counseling. Highlights include representing General Electric in two major remedies proceedings concerning home appliances.
Enormous respect is afforded to Peter Clark
of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, who has had an "extremely long tenure"
in anticorruption work, and "knows this area like the back of his hand."
The highly esteemed Gail Cumins
of Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C. has a "very strong reputation"
in customs matters, and can draw on more than 40 years of experience.
of Clifford Chance US LLP is prized by clients for his "in-depth knowledge of developing and existing sanctions."
He is also highly regarded for "understanding the political and diplomatic complexities faced by multijurisdictional financial institutions."
of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has considerable experience in trade litigation. He recently joined Orrick from Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Since publication, the "highly business-oriented" Michael Burton
has left Arent Fox to become a founding partner of Joiner Burton. He is "excellent with clients, and very responsive."